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    trail conditions....

    figured I'd start a thread with trail conditions... got to be some places that didn't get any snow... I know anything southern NH is out.
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    North East Mass is WET............
    Very, very wet, no snow, just enormous amounts of rain...
    Gonna be hard and fast when it freezes.
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    Has anyone riddin LDT or HP looking to get out and ride Saturday.

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    LDT has about a half of an inch of snow. Slow going but ridable. HP was snow free at 4 PM yesterday. I am not sure if they had any snow after that.

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    5-8" due to arrive tomorrow for most areas that have no snow. Dry dirt season may have ended. Get out the fat bikes, snow tires, or skis....or those other bikes (the road bike).
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    Wompy conditions 1/1

    Was at Wompy today. Trails are in great shape, could go with or without studs...but I like studs. A single inch, tops, on the trails, with icy spots under and exposed. Good stuff just south of Boston.

    And, with the current 10 day forecast, we get thru the cold until Friday, then a bit of a thaw, with no snow in the 10 day. Cold nights, high 30's low 40's daytime highs. Trails will be in good shape

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    Anybody know how the trails look in Uxbridge?

    Trails around Callahan SP were just barely ridable before the last storm hit. I haven't tried to get out on them since though.

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    Anyone know how vietnam trails are looking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    Anybody know how the trails look in Uxbridge?

    Trails around Callahan SP were just barely ridable before the last storm hit. I haven't tried to get out on them since though.
    I snowshoed Goat Hill in Uxbridge on Tuesday and there is plenty of snow still on the ground. THe main trails along the river have been packed in by hikers and snowshoers, but would probably only be fun on a fat bike.

    I'll be riding rode tomorrow and probably heading down to coastal RI for Sunday.....

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    They look like there's a foot of snow on them

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    The trails at the Fells were in great shape today. Snow was tacky and smooth. trail conditions....-photo-39-.jpg

    I was a bit worried becasue my tires, racing ralphs, are pretty tough in the wet. But they held nicely. This is a bit like a ski report, as time of day today would make a big differnce. I was there from 1230-200.
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    Rutland was cold and snowy. I should have gone earlier in the day, when the snow wasn't as soft.




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    Wrentham S.F. was tricky but only had to hike a couple times. Did get a little soft toward the end of the day.


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    Rode ToT this morning. They had about a half inch of new snow over crunchy snow with a bit of ice. East of Chase Rd was pretty good riding without studs. West of Chase had seen little to no traffic and was softer and tougher riding (not to mention hillier). Small microclimates had created a few bare areas which were small oases from the suffering. Definitely a good workout!

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    Trail riding in Pittsfield state Forest now is AWESOME but, you need to get out when the temps are low. Things get churny and soft when temps hit 30. Snowshoe racers have trampled down some nice singletrack and the snowmobilers have packed some doubletrack. The key is when you go. Mid day riding with the sun makes for a painful ride, early mornings and brisk temps create some epic opportunities . Loving the fat ride

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    Rode Wompy tonight. Pretty much bare on the singletrack/trails, mixed with a bit of ice & snow here and there. The paved roads were a bit more gnarly (if you intended on doing anything but rolling straight) mix of bare, crunchy snow, and ice. There were some wet spots on the trails but they were refreezing rapidly. I'd expect the daytime riding to be a lot softer and muddier in spots over the next few days.
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    I rode over at Callahan yesterday. Trials are 50% clear by my estimate. Go when everything is still frozen and it should be a great ride. The Framingham side is a little more clear than the Marlboro side.

    I also rode at BLLF mid-week last week. Most of the trails had 1-4" of packed snow on them. I imagine they should be pretty clear now after the warm last couple of days.

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    Rode Otis yesterday, 100% clear, very little mud.
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    Just rode Callahan. Not too bad. Some thawing, a little bit of mud in low spots, but there were plenty of spots where it was decent. I rode both sides, Framingham and Marlboro, and the Marllboro side was in better shape. Felt awesome to ride outside today in mid January. Trails should be drier by the latter 1/2 of the week, but colder temps move in. Might go ride at Great Brook tomorrow.

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    Freetown is wet, fire roads have wet clay that suck down the normal mtb tire. However, if you are riding a fat bike like the OG of fat bikes the Tinman was riding yesterday, then you were just gliding and giggling at us mere mortals. If and when this freezes up with no snow cover, it will be a fast, fun, scary mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notaskitrail View Post
    The trails at the Fells were in great shape today. Snow was tacky and smooth. Click image for larger version. 

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    I was a bit worried becasue my tires, racing ralphs, are pretty tough in the wet. But they held nicely. This is a bit like a ski report, as time of day today would make a big differnce. I was there from 1230-200.
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    Let's hear those snowfall counts. As of Tuesday am, we have one inch in Duxbury and the sun is shining.
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    Merrimack Valley has just a dusting of snow. Russell Mill is good with studs and Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro is good without.

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    Landlock in Bedford is in great shape. Very little snow, super hard fast trails. Dont recall noticing any ice lastnnight. Once you warm up and get past the cold its great riding.
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    Does anyone have a report on Uxbridge/Goat Hill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by manchvegas View Post
    figured I'd start a thread with trail conditions... got to be some places that didn't get any snow... I know anything southern NH is out.
    Any reports on Otis? I'm looking to head down on Sunday with my 29er with regular tires. Is there snow on the ground there?
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Trying to post iphone 4S photos for you with little luck.

    To answer your question before the Otis Crew kicks in, most of the Cape has 2-4 inches of wind-blown blower "cold smoke' snow. Not very heavy, but the snow's (getting) "old"...best riding for me has been off the beaten path of the Big 3 and the recon for freshies. Seen few MTB tracks, but it's been a little chilly, as of late.

    Been catching a FREEZING 1-2 hours each day since the last storm with Studs.
    Sorry to say, IMHO, without studs, I would'nt ride...Just one Man's Opinion, I'm sure others will beg to differ. I'll try to update "Cape Report" with Pics, however.... that remains to be (un)seen

    Can you ride studless, hell Ya !!! The snows cold & light, but pure ice patches here & there, hurt like hell when I hit the ground and are enough of a threat to keep the metal on.

    Hope this is a little insight for ya. Be nice if you I could just text a messege with photos...oh well, head hurts, almost time to "Gear Up" it's nice and sunny,10 degrees w/stiff breeze, Ya Baby !
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    I don't know about the trails, but 90% of the snow is gone south of Boston. I'm going attempt to ride Wompatuck this weekend. Trails should be in decent shape.
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    Yesterday Lowell-Dracut was in very nice shape, a little snow in shadowed parts, minimal ice on the trail, and some trails bone dry as summer and dusty. Today LLF was in pretty similar shape. I would imagine Harold-Parker would be much the same.

    I expect Monday to be an excellent riding day, and the rest of the week a craps shoot, depending on the mix of snow/sleet/rain we get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjack View Post
    Does anyone have a report on Uxbridge/Goat Hill?
    Great snow riding conditions....1in layer of packed snow over frozen dirt through out. Did 23 miles in there this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSumner13 View Post
    Great snow riding conditions....1in layer of packed snow over frozen dirt through out. Did 23 miles in there this afternoon.
    As stated above the trails were in great shape. I kept waiting to lose traction, but it didn't happen all day. Hopefully with this weeks weather ( snow followed by rain, followed by warms temps, followed by freezing) the trails will be good to go for next weekend...

    @ JSumner- I was in the crew chugging up Goat Hill as you guys ( and Sammie) were cruising down. Great day to be out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdc View Post
    As stated above the trails were in great shape. I kept waiting to lose traction, but it didn't happen all day. Hopefully with this weeks weather ( snow followed by rain, followed by warms temps, followed by freezing) the trails will be good to go for next weekend...

    @ JSumner- I was in the crew chugging up Goat Hill as you guys ( and Sammie) were cruising down. Great day to be out!

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    Awesome! Sure was a great day to be out there. Agreed, this forecast is looking to provide some really good conditions next weekend. Let's hope the warm temps mid-week clear the snow out.

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    Rode Cutler park yesterday morning with sunshine and temps in the teens. Trails are in good shape - a dusting of snow on grippy, frozen dirt. Looks like the warm weather coming our way will soften things up for a little bit. I hope to get out again this week.
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    get ready for some warm weather!

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    Too wet to ride around metrowest today. It's a mucky swamp in my backyard, so I'd imagine the trails will need a few dry days and some sun before they are good to go again.

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    Agreed with it being too wet. Too much damage to trails would be had by rutting them all up. They should freeze up this weekend so I just hope all the water gets off of them by then.

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    No riding or trail work today in this area. Let's let everything freeze up again before getting out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hado_pv View Post
    No riding or trail work today in this area. Let's let everything freeze up again before getting out there.
    Back into the 20s overnight, so as you were. Hit the trails while they're hard! Should be a great weekend to ride everywhere in the valley - a little ice, a little snow, and lots of frozen hard-pack.
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    No more snow down here on the Southcoast and Cape. Should be frozen solid tomorrow morning. Great riding conditions for Saturday. Forecast calls for some snow sat night, hopefully not much.
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    Love hearing the ground Crunch underneath!
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    Conditions were once again fantastic today in Uxbridge. The ground was frozen solid. Congrats though to the bone heads who decided to ride the Wolf Hill/West Hill Dam areas during the thaw and cause about 10 miles of trail damage. We followed your frozen, 3in deep tire marks for a good portion of our ride today. Other than that.....great ride!

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    Rutland SP is mostly clear. Not a lot of ice, but enough to make me put the studs on. It was nice to be able to ride in the woods again, but I'd rather be skiing them. It's winter after all!

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    Any other trail condition updates right around Boston?
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    The Trout Brook Reservation (Holden) trails are clear of snow. Some ice patches along the way--good to have studs.

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    It's definitely stud time - at least out that direction. I hit the ground hard in Rutland today riding one of the dirt roads - very icy. The singletrack that I hit was all good and ridable, but I won't go back without studs.

    Quote Originally Posted by vw_steggie View Post
    Rutland SP is mostly clear. Not a lot of ice, but enough to make me put the studs on. It was nice to be able to ride in the woods again, but I'd rather be skiing them. It's winter after all!

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    Wompatuck was good yesterday. Did about 17 miles and the light 1/2" of snow was virtually unnoticeable. Plenty to grip.
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    Hey, wondering about Otis. A buddy says they got 2-3 inches in Chatham, we have no snow here in Westport, Falmouth is smack in between. Anyone know what Otis looks like?
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